New to Toronto - Where to Develop?
I'll be living in downtown Toronto for the next few months and wanted to get my bearings down.
First of all, where is a good and cheap place for photo developing? B+W, Pushing and Cross Processing included.
Also, Analog Camera repairs - are there any places still around?
Your help would be really appreciated, I can't seem to find much information online!
Well, you live in Toronto, so you can have good, or you can have cheap, but maybe not both
Try these guys. If they can't help you they will know who can.
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For film service:
Toronto Image Works
Some Loblaws and Loblaws Supercenter stores still run Fuji minilabs--cheap but a total crapshoot on quality. Use at your own risk though some in the western GTA aren't consistently awful.
Sadly, "cheap" and "film processing" are pretty much mutually exclusive now in TO. Elevator is not budget-priced.
Winball Camera Repair is good for Nikon, especially manual focus gear.
Film prices can be slightly better at Silvano's and FilmPlus than elsewhere(e.g., Henry's and Vistek).
There's a big photo swap meet in early October, usually a good source for cheap short and outdated film. Details here:
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if you want to do black and white processing, Toronto Image Works will be a better choice. Downtown camera will only process black and white once a week, while Toronto Image Works has the same day turnaround (in by 11, out by 3).
Kinderman has an excellent reputation for repairs. Several of the camera stores outsource to them and I think they are the warranty Leica service center. As for cheap and good processing, if you find one, please tell me as I can't find one. I'd actually be happy with good and reasonable piced. Stay away from Black's.
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repair-wise, a hearty vote of confidence for http://www.winballcamera.com (nikon only)
for processing, downtown camera has a good reputation and as reasonable a price list as you can get these days in a brick store north of 49th: http://www.downtowncamera.com/index....d=16&Itemid=23 (i process my own but my friends won't go anywhere else). i used toronto image works a few times in the past, years ago, and they would typically scratch about half of my film
ps. elevator may be pricey, but i've seen his prints--he's very very good
I am familiar with Toronto Image Works and Elevator. If quality is your first concern then Elevator has no equal. Their processing and print making is first rate and they have clients from all over the world.
I've found Kominek Camera Repair good for manual cameras.
For repairs, try David Yau. He's terrific, a nice guy and works on many analog cameras including Nikon, Hasselblad and many others. Fair pricing and it is what he does full time, so you don't have to wait around a long time for repairs to get done. PM me and I'll send his phone number to anyone who wants it.
Regarding developing, if you want to do it yourself call Gallery 44, they might allow you to use the facilities for when you are in town. For quality, definitely Elevator. They aren't that pricey if you have a number of rolls to do in the same process. They don't charge by roll but by run. Best printers around, not just for Toronto or North America, they are a world-class operation.
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